A Time of Angels

( 2 )

Overview

In 1918, war separates Hannah Gold and her younger sisters from their parents. The girls stay with their Tanta Rose in the West End of Boston while the await the return of their Mother and Father and the beloved family life they once knew. When a deadly influenza epidemic strikes, Hannah and her aunt struggle to keep illness at bay. But evertually, like so many others, Tanta Rose and younger girls succumb to the virus. Hannah flees Boston to seek refuge with a relative but falls ill on the train. As the fever ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $1.99   
  • Used (21) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(4447)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1423115732 SHIPS WITHIN 24 HOURS!! (SAME BUSINESS DAY) GREAT BOOK!!

Ships from: BAY SHORE, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(164)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

In 1918, war separates Hannah Gold and her younger sisters from their parents. The girls stay with their Tanta Rose in the West End of Boston while the await the return of their Mother and Father and the beloved family life they once knew. When a deadly influenza epidemic strikes, Hannah and her aunt struggle to keep illness at bay. But evertually, like so many others, Tanta Rose and younger girls succumb to the virus. Hannah flees Boston to seek refuge with a relative but falls ill on the train. As the fever intensifies strange voices and faces surround Hannah, most remarkably a girl with violet eyes who seems to always turn up at the right moment in the most unexpected place. Through every devestating turn, Hannah continues to hold out hope of being reunited with her family. Will she realize her dreams?
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
This magical book tells the story of Hannah Gold, a young Russian-American Jewish girl who lives in Boston with her two sisters, her great-aunt, and a family friend during World War I. Their mother was trapped in Russia by the Bolshevik Revolution and their father enlisted in the U.S. Army. As they struggle to make ends meet, Hannah longs for the time when her parents will come back and lies awake at night waiting. On some nights, she sees angels in the sky. When a lethal flu epidemic hits Boston, Tanta Rosa and Hannah's sisters fall ill. When Tanta Rosa dies, their family friend Vashti fears for Hannah's life and sends her away. Hannah is helped at the train station by a young girl with violet eyes. After getting sick on the train, Hannah is taken to a Red Cross hospital where an elderly German man named Klaus Gerhart takes her under his wing. Through her new "Uncle" Klaus, she discovers that there are humans on all sides of the war with family just like her father. When she is well enough to travel, the young girl with violet eyes returns to take her home and Hannah realizes the girl is actually an angel. This touching novel provides a realistic glimpse of the World War I era and explores the development of relationships between friends and family in ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9A warm, personal novel set in Boston during 1918. Hannah Gold, 14, and her two sisters live with their Tanta Rose while their parents are trapped in Russia because of the war. Although life is not easy, Tanta Rose provides for the girls as best she can. Rose's companion Vashti, however, feels that the girls are an intrusion. When the deadly influenza epidemic ravishes the city, Hannah's world is turned upside-down. Driven away by Vashti after Rose's death, the feverish young woman is guided to safety by a beautiful, ethereal girl actually, an angel who saved her life once before. She is nursed back to health on a Vermont farm by an old man whose strength and wisdom give her the courage to go back to Boston and to make peace with Vashti. Aspects of Jewish culture are nicely incorporated into the story, as are period details. However, some plot elements may cause confusion. The angel, portrayed as a guiding force instead of a fully developed character, interacts with Hannah on an almost subconscious level. Also, some of Hannah's actions do not seem realistic. Shortcomings aside, Hesse offers readers much to enjoy, analyze, and consider in this piece of historical fiction with a mystical bent.Tracey Kroll, Brookland Middle School, Richmond, VA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423115731
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters. Her book OUT OF THE DUST was awarded the Newbery Medal for 1998.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 7, 2013

    all right but really didn't impress me all that much It is 1918

    all right but really didn't impress me all that much

    It is 1918, and Hannah Gold, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, lives in Boston, MA, with her two sisters, Libbie and Eve, their aunt, Tanta Rose, and Rose’s roommate, the healer Vashti. Hannah’s parents are in Europe, her mother having gone to care for sick relatives in Russia and been detained by the Great War, and her then father fighting in the war. To make matters worse, Boston, as well as the whole nation and even the entire world for that matter, is hit with an influenza epidemic. A neighbor, Mr. Weitz who is the father of her friend Harry, dies. Tanta Rose also dies, and both Libbie and Eve come down sick too, so Vashti drives Hannah away to go to a relative in New York. However, the girl takes the wrong train and ends up in Brattleboro, VT. Hannah herself becomes ill with influenza but gradually recovers with the help of an elderly farmer of German heritage named Klaus Gerhard, and her visions of angels.

    Hannah wants to go home to see what’s left of her family more than anything else but at first is too sick to make it and doesn’t have the money anyway. She is afraid that Libbie and Eve may have died as well. Will she ever make it back to Boston? And if she does, what will she find? There is not much good children’s historical fiction set in the time of World War I, so I was hoping that this would be a welcome addition. I liked Karen Hesse’s Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust set in the Great Depression. However, while A Time of Angels is all right, it really didn’t impress me all that much. It does have an interesting story line, and I am sure that the tale realistically captures the feelings of despair during that time. The ending is both happy and hopeful, but given its background the book is understandably permeated with a sense of sadness at all the sickness and dying so that it might be somewhat heavy for a lot of younger readers. I would recommend it more for thirteen and up. Also, the plot moves along rather slowly at times and might prove to be a little confusing to some children.

    A few common euphemisms (blast, dang) occur, but no actual cursing or profanity. Some boy-girl activity takes place as Hannah is developing a relationship with the neighbor lad Harry Weitz and they kiss on a couple of occasions. When Tanta Rose takes a bath, there is a rather vivid, though not necessarily lewd, description of her naked body. Klaus makes “sumac smokes” for his friends. And the suicide of one of his neighbors in Brattleboro is recorded. All of these things are probably true to the historical setting, but some parents might wonder if they really need to be included in a children’s book. As to religion, several Jewish customs are mentioned, but when Eve says something about God, Libbie says, “Oh, pooh. You and your God.” And Hannah notes, “Vashti spoke this way of God, too.” Then, the reader will have to deal with the mystical element of Hannah’s interaction with the violet-eyed girl angel who guides and protects her. Is it real or just in her imagination? As I said before, this is not a bad book, but there is nothing here which makes me say, “Wow! This is great.”

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)